• Short Summary

    Practically all of Bombay's Municipal services were completely paralysed on Saturday, June 14th, as a result of the total strike observed by 30,000 civic workers, to back their demand for a five rupee increase per month on their cost of living allowance.

  • Description

    Practically all of Bombay's Municipal services were completely paralysed on Saturday, June 14th, as a result of the total strike observed by 30,000 civic workers, to back their demand for a five rupee increase per month on their cost of living allowance.

    The net effect of the strike is that Bombay's drainage and conservancy went unswept, the water works were unattended, the Municipal Hospitals were run by skeleton staff and the Municipal Gardens reminded closed to the public.

    Barring a few incident of stone-throwing by the striker s, the strike was reasonably peaceful. In these incidents about 150 people were injured, among them six police officers, two police constables and the rest strikers. The police resorted to two baton charges to disperse 5,000 strikers who had marched to the Bombay Corporation Hall at noon.

    The four major hospitals were hit most and volunteers carried on the work. Refuse collection was suspended by the workers and Government Transport lorries collected what they could, while stallkeepers were ordered to dispose off their rubbish themselves. Volunteers groups were formed among the shopkeepers to perform this duty. The city's meat supply has also been hit by the strike, which may last for another two or three days.

    A ward orderly from one of the city hospitals has undertaken a fat to the death, outside the Municipal building, in protest against the Corporation's refusal to increase the cost of living allowance.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2GV6XZZL7Z4GHGQT1AN1PP3G5
    Media URN:
    VLVA2GV6XZZL7Z4GHGQT1AN1PP3G5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/06/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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